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5 Tips for Storing a Samurai Sword

A samurai sword is seen by many as a piece of art and deserves to be stored in the best possible manner. However, the process of storing this type of sword is relatively straightforward if a few basic steps are taken. Here are a few of the things to consider in the process of storing the meticulously crafted sword:

Use a climate-controlled storage environment

The preferred storage for the samurai sword is an area in the home that is climate-controlled. Any significant change in the humidity and temperature can lead to issues with corrosion and rust. A simple solution to help control the local environment is to use a dehumidifier which is very effective at removing excess moisture from the air. There are certain areas of the home that should be avoided. For instance, the attic and basement are typically humid and hot, which means it isn’t a practical storage … Read More

Different Styles of Traditional Martial Arts – Dim Mak and Mizongyi

Dim Mak

Dim Mak is an ancient art that consists of hitting various points on the body-known as “vital points” or “pressure points”- to cause injury, illness, or death. Although disputed, it is claimed that the art-famously described as “the death touch”-was created by Chang San Feng, who also founded taijiquan. However, their close association with traditional Chinese medicine, which has a recorded history of over 5,000 years, suggests that its origins are much older.

The technique depends on striking precise locations along an appropriate meridian (or artery) at a time when specific points are “open” and vulnerable to attack. To be a master of the art, a practitioner needs to have a sound understanding of acupressure points and circadian rhythm-the 24-hour biochemical, physiological, and behavioral process of all living things.

Shrouded in secrecy

Because of the serious nature of the injuries it can cause, dim mak was only taught … Read More

Bujinkan Ninjutsu Training – "What Is Ninjutsu?"

Most everyone in the world has heard of the Ninja. In the Western world the word Ninja has been “Hollywood-ed” to the point of almost making it a blasphemous word within the world of the martial arts. With that, the mystery around Bujinkan Ninjutsu, one of the 3 approaches to ninjutsu available to the modern student, has become more distorted to unimaginable depths.

Therefore, because of the effect that Hollywood and the media has had on warping people’s perceptions as to what is, and what is not real Ninjutsu…

… many people think they know what a Ninja is, but once they look into the art they become confused, because it appears nothing like what the mainstream media makes it out to be. Then they find themselves asking, “What is Ninjutsu?”

Some will define Ninjutsu as the Ancient Art of the “Shadow Warriors” of Japan, and others will say that … Read More

Top 10 Aikido Techniques

Aikido is derived from three Japanese words. Ai, to join, Ki means spirit, and Do means ways. Generally, aikido is a form of art that fuses the body, spirit and mind in order to find peaceful ways of overcoming challenges in life.

Morehei Ueshiba created the Aikido Japanese form of martial art. People in his area usually call him as O sensei, means the great teacher. Aikido techniques involve throws and joint locks. These techniques are developed from kenjutso and Jujitsu. Aikido’s way uses your opponent’s energy against themselves. Aikido’s method emphasizes the correct reaction against movements and dynamics of motion. Here are ten Aikido techniques.

Technique 1

Ikkyo. In this technique, control can be gain by gripping your opponent’s elbow with single hand and using the other hand to grip his wrist. This can result a leveraging opponent on the floor. Moreover, this grip applies pressure to the ulnar … Read More

On the Mat With 9th Degree Red Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Master, Mauricio Strauch

“Open your eyes. Don’t stay so focused on one thing. Step back, and see the big picture. When you do… that is when you will start learning Jiu Jitsu.”

These are the words 9th Degree Red Belt, Master Mauricio Strauch left me with after my private training session with him.

It isn’t often that you have the opportunity to meet a living, breathing legend- let alone train with one.

It is understandable that I might have been a bit nervous when I walked in the door to his academy in Rio de Janeiro. He is, after all, one of but a small number of men that have achieved such a high rank, and meeting him was an honor.

My Jiu Jitsu mentor, had a mentor. Caio Terra is one of the top competitive practitioners of BJJ in the world. To hear him talk about his instructor, frankly made me a … Read More

A Samurai’s Power Is In His Little Finger, Not His Samurai Sword

In the 12th Century the Shogunate was formed. The head of this regime was the Shogun, the supreme ruler. Under him where his regional ‘daimyo’ or ‘dukes’. Under each ‘daimyo’ served the Japanese samurai. When a samurai stepped out of line, became too unruly or displeased his ‘daimyo’, the samurai would often have to go through a procedure known as yubizume. This procedure is a very barbaric punishment in which the first joint of the little finger on the sword hand would be amputated.

Not only would this be a very painful punishment, but it served a much cleverer purpose. When holding a samurai sword the finger which has the strongest grip is the little finger. Each finger right up to the index has a weaker gripping strength. You can test this yourself. Make a tight fist with what would of been your sword hand, and take a slim object … Read More

Taekwondo Forms: ATA, ITF, WTF

Taekwondo Forms

A “form” in Taekwondo is a choreographed series of moves, which can be performed with or without a weapon, for the purpose of interval cardio training and the development of proper mental and physical technique. They are more akin to exercise and conditioning than combat, while also displaying the artistic possibilities of Taekwondo. In competitions, Taekwondo forms are judged by a panel of judges, who evaluate the Taekwondo forms based on criteria such as energy, precision, control, and speed.

Taekwondo forms are given different Korean names based on the organization of the respective dojo.

In unaffiliated, Traditional Taekwondo, forms are called Hyeong.

In ATA (American Taekwondo Association) and WTF (World Taekwondo Federation), forms are called Poomsae.

In ITF (International Taekwondo Federation) style, forms are called Teul.

Types of Taekwondo Forms

Traditional Taekwondo: Because Traditional Taekwondo is unaffiliated and therefore non-standardized, its collection of forms is a massive amalgamation … Read More

The Foundation of Martial Arts – Yoga

At first glance, Martial Arts and Yoga seem like opposing forces and philosophies, but these two health maintenance systems have more in common than meets the eye. For a moment, consider the similarities between Tai Chi and Hatha Yoga. Within the warm up, you notice very similar movement, philosophy, and principles.

Why does “climb the mountain” stance look so much like Warrior I posture? Is it coincidence, luck, or a common link? Why does Kundalini have movements that resemble punching, kicking, and martial arts foot work? Are Kung Fu forms an extension of Vinyasa? Each has been referred to as meditation in motion.

The place of origin, for most Asian martial arts, is agreed to be the Shaolin Temple. Apparently, the monks at the Shaolin temple had become very proficient at meditation, but had not developed a health maintenance system to sufficiently train their bodies.

In the sixth century A.D., … Read More

Learn Ninjutsu – Mastering the Ninja Juroppo-ken – The 16 Fists of the Ninja!

Every martial art has it’s own unique techniques, skills, and strategies. Within the art of ninjutsu – the art of the ninja, the self-protection methods are known as ninpo-taijutsu.

This article outlines the 16 “fists” or ‘body weapons’ of the shinobi warrior. After reading through this list, you’ll have a much better idea as to why the ninja is at the top of the martial arts “food chain.” But remember, this list only forms the beginning of what a true ninja is capable of using in defense of himself or others!

Each of these fists is a “perfect fit” for different targets on the opponent’s body. While some are general purpose weapons, others have very specific uses and applications to maximize damage and create the greatest results.

The Ninja Juroppo-ken (“16 fists/body weapons of the Ninja)

1. Kikaku-ken (aka Zutski) Head-butt

2. Fudo-ken (aka Nio-ken or Kongo-ken) “Immovable (clenched) fist”… Read More

Punching Power – How to Use Knuckle Push-Ups to Create Fists of Steel

This article will give you a quick tip for turning your wimpy fists into slabs of concrete with a simple push-up technique. Knuckle push-ups are a great way to not only train your upper body, but your fists will thank you for it as well.

Here are a few things that you need to know about knuckle push-ups:

1. You want your wrists to be straight, in line with your forearm. You should be performing a push-up on the first two knuckles of your hand. The thumbs and the other two knuckles should remain off the ground.

2. You want to perform these push-ups on a hard surface, preferably a wood or tile floor. Some maverick martial artists perform these push-ups in gravel parking lots. You must have a hard surface to get the benefits.

3. Knuckle push-ups should be used in conjunction with makiwara training. To … Read More